Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

The first episode of “I Love Lucy” aired this day in 1951. More recently, some articles were written: Your Morning Reads after the jump!


  • Revisiting “Moneyball” with Paul DePodesta (Nautilus)
  • Author goes Seinfeld on his Tesla (CSM)
  • All Is Fair in Love and Twitters (NYT Mag)
  • Is Football still football without sitters talking about hitters? (WSJ)
  • Banksy makes a legal purchaser feel like a thief (Business Insider)
  • Feeling superior about your political views is a bipartisan belief (Ars Technica)
  • How do we gain insight (Seeking Wisdom)
  • How Amazon Became the home of all shopping delight (Businessweek)
  • Qualcomm’s brain-inspired chip (
  • Here we go for the triple dip:
  • U.S. May Join Germany of 1933 in Pantheon of Defaults (Bloomberg)
  • What Economists do when the data halts (Real Time Economics)
  • An excerpt from the book the NFL doesn’t want you to read (Sports Illustrated)
  • Robots help Solar Energy succeed (NYT)


  • The Battle for Fort Oglethorpe and local control (CatWalkChatt)
  • Georgia now projected for the Chick-Fil-A bowl (espn)
  • Chambliss blames defund movement for bad debt deal (ajc)
  • Isakson must be wondering what happened to his appeal (atlbizchron)
  • Hillary camp to media: watch what you say (ajc)
  • Hartsfield Traffic controllers are working without pay (wxia)
  • Macon’s candidates prepare for runoff (41nbc)
  • New water projects must meet statewide need, not just a local one-off (atlbizchron)

And lastly The New York Times discovers confirmation bias in It’s Not Just Political Districts. Our News Is Gerrymandered, Too.

“Perhaps something more complicated than sketching out voting districts is at play. The polarized political map is now accompanied by a media ecosystem that is equally gerrymandered into districts of self-reinforcing discourse.”


  1. John Konop says:

    I would say from talking to people this looks right, I wonder what other people think?

    ….The people of the center are patriotic and proud, with a strong majority (66 percent) saying that America is still the greatest country in the world, and most (54 percent) calling it a model that other countries should emulate. But the center is also very nervous about the future, overwhelmingly saying that America can no longer afford to spend money on foreign aid (81 percent) when we need to build up our own country.

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    Pluralities believe that the political system is broken (49 percent), and the economy is bad (50 percent) and likely to stay that way a while (41 percent). Majorities fear another 9/11 or Boston-style bombing is likely (70 percent), and that their children’s lives will be more difficult than their own (62 percent), which are either stuck in place or getting worse (84 percent) — while the rich keep getting richer at the expense of everyone else (70 percent).

    The new American center has a socially progressive streak, supporting gay marriage (64 percent), the right to an abortion for any reason within the first trimester (63 percent), and legalized marijuana (52 percent). Women, workers and the marginal would also benefit if the center had its way, supporting paid sick leave (62 percent); paid maternity leave (70 percent); tax-subsidized childcare to help women return to work (57 percent); and a federal minimum wage hike to no less than $10 per hour (67 percent).

    But the center leans rightward on the environment, capital punishment, and diversity programs. Majorities support offshore drilling (81 percent) and the death penalty (90 percent), and the end of affirmative action in hiring and education (57 percent). Most people in the center believe respect for minority rights has gone overboard, in general, harming the majority in the process (63 percent). And just one in four support immigration reforms that would provide a path to citizenship for those who came here illegally…..

    • John Konop says:

      I would say from talking to people this looks about what I would guess. What is interesting is the blend of political views ….People are done with the NEOCON policemen of the world…….81 percent is big! People are scared about the economy, and they want more wages, benefits…… for middle and low end…..driven by spread between rich and poor……this is more of trade issue, but hard to explain in talking points…..I think some social issues changes is more be driven by a distrust of government…..

      • xdog says:

        “81 percent is big!”
        Yep. So’s the $50B or so spent by the US in non-military aid. But that’s a very small piece of the budget pie. We can cut all that, turtle up to the world, and not make a real dent in the budget shortfall.

    • D_in_ATL says:

      I don’t believe it matters to politicians what the people think. The only thing that matters to them is what Fox, MSNBC and their lobbiest masters think. Majority opinions take decades to change policy; the abortion issue alone demonstrates that.

    • benevolus says:

      I just don’t even like the premise of the “greatest country in the world” idea. This is a very good country, why do we have to frame it in terms of being better than everyone else? That just automatically sets up conflict. Can’t we just be happy with our country without putting others down in the process?

      OK, kum-ba-ya or whatever.

    • saltycracker says:

      Heck of a nice wish list. The first step is to set an a max spending budget, say 18/20% GDP, as we all want that puppy in the window until the clerk says…..$2,500…and we pull out a maxed credit card.


      “Fair share” just might mean, for the center, everyone with skin in the game via a no exceptions level tax.

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